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Six NSU students attended Florida neuroscience symposium

Had all expenses paid as “Florida Fellows”

Six Behavioral Neuroscience majors represented NSU at the 2019 Sunposium, which took place March 4-6 in West Palm Beach.

The 2019 event was the fourth biannual symposium organized by the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience. The six students, including Matthew Cannon, Alina Ali, Cailey Weaver, Jacob Hardy, Esha Parikh, and Barry Shaw, were selected as Florida Fellows and had all expenses paid for the Sunposium. The even drew neuroscience researchers from around the world, and each evening featured a plenary talk by a Nobel laureate.

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The students were joined by three faculty from the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience: Professor Jaime Tartar, Ph.D., and Assistant Professors James Munoz and Allie Holschbach, both Ph.D.

“It was wonderful that our Behavioral Neuroscience students were selected as Florida Fellows for the 2019 Sunposium,” Tartar said. “This was an extraordinary opportunity for them to interact with hundreds of the world’s most esteemed neuroscience researchers. This program also generously supported their registration and lodging for the conference.”

Hardy said a vivid aspect of his experience was realizing how much is yet to be discovered in the field of neuroscience.

“It was humbling to meet with experts in my field of study, to listen to their presentations as they shared insights from the forefront of understanding,” he said.


Weaver said she was initially nervous being an undergraduate in the company of neuroscientists, but found the atmosphere relaxed. She said the Sunposium confirmed her aspiration to work as a neuroscience researcher.

“Through this experience, I was able to speak to many researchers, meet Nobel laureate Dr. Eric Kandel, and present a poster for the first time,” she said.

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